Monday, November 3, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for November 3, 2014

Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
& Delaware

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November 3, 2014
Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board Meeting
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State St.
Trenton, NJ
Contact: 609/984-3424

November 5, 2014
Preparing for the next big convergence: smart grids and smart cities

Webinar: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. EST 
It’s not a question of when it’s coming; it’s how fast, what it means to utilities and how to be ready. During this one-hour webinar, Intelligent Utility Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Wolf Davis, Larry Owens from Silicon Valley Power and Ron Pate from Elster will present an interesting, insightful and eye-opening overview of: • The challenges faced by utilities in meeting the evolving demands of modern communities • The technologies unfolding to meet these demands • The ways in utilities can best prepare for the future and the critical role of customer collaboration and involvement. If you are interested in what the smart grid-enabled community of the future will look like, this is a webinar that you don’t want to miss. Register here

November 6, 2014
New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council
4 p.m.
Galloway Township Branch - Atlantic County Library
306 E. Jimmy Leed Road

November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 2014
ArcGIS Edition & Data Development
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env. & Natural Resource Center Lab)
For those familiar with ArcGIS mapping software, including its toolbars and functions of Arc Map and Arc Catalog, this 12-hour evening program will guide you through real world editing and data management processes that are vital for intermediate GIS users to know. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information:

November 6, 2014
Nature Preschool Open House
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
Find out more about the Schuylkill Center’s unique Nature Preschool for children ages 3 – 5.  Visit preschool classrooms, meet the preschool’s director, learn about our curriculum and schedule, ask questions, and pick up a registration packet.  Bring your children – we’ll have activities to engage them.More information available here

November 7, 2014
Permaculture Social
The Old Stone House                                     
336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY
7 p.m. till we get tired
Please join the Park Slope Permaculture Guild for food, drink, conviviality, and cross-pollination. Bring friends, neighbors, partners. We welcome the perma-blitzed, the perma-smitten, the perma-oblivious, and the perma-curious. Join us to connect, reconnect, and have a rollicking good time! Food and drink will be potluck, so please bring an item to share. We appreciate all offerings - and we'd be especially delighted to try your latest batch of home brew, foods you've grown or gathered, dishes you've made yourself, something that holds special meaning for you or comes with a story. 
Also: We have exciting news to share about recent developments within our regional network. This is a great moment to come together to cultivate and celebrate our expanding mycelium. To make this event trash-less, bring your own plate, utensils and cup.

November 10, 2014
PADEP Public Hearing on Proposed Easton Compressor Station

5 p.m.
Easton Area Middle School
1010 Echo Trail
Easton, Pa.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an informal meeting, followed by a public hearing to discuss an air quality plan approval submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. to make modifications to its existing Easton Compressor Station. Residents will be given the opportunity to direct questions to both DEP and Columbia Gas at the meeting, beginning at 5 p.m. The public hearing will immediately follow, beginning at 6 p.m. “This is an opportunity for DEP to hear what the public has to say about the application and the process,” DEP Northeast Regional Director Mike Bedrin said. The company is proposing to replace its two existing turbines with two new natural gas-fired compressor turbines, an emergency generator and ancillary heating sources.
Residents who wish to present testimony will have the opportunity to register at the meeting, prior to the hearing. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Colleen Connolly at 570-826-2511 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).
Residents who cannot attend the hearing should send written comments to Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.  Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. The plan approval is available for review by the public at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre and Bethlehem District Office until Nov. 21. To make an appointment, residents should contact the Northeast Regional Office at 570-826-2523, or the Bethlehem District Office at 610-861-2070. For more information, call 570-826-2511 or visit


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November 11, 2014
NJ Clean Water Council

Main Conference Room
NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust

3131 Princeton Pike
Office Building 4
Site 216

Lawrenceville, NJ 609/292-8961

November 12, 2014

NJ Clean Air Council Meeting
9 a.m. - Noon
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street - 5th Floor

November 12, 2014
NJ Fish and Game Council Meeting

10 a.m.
Central Region Office
DEP Fish and Wildlife
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Robbinsville, NJ
Contact: 609/292-9410

November 12, 2014
Aspiring Professionals Networking Event
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Office Beer Bar and Grill
728 Thompson Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ 08805
Alliance for Hazardous Materials Professionals of New Jersey
Light refreshments will be served. $10 registration payable online by November 5, 2014. Questions? Please contact Caryn Barnes of the LSRPA at 215.446.2921 

November 12, 2014

Delaware Bay Shellfisheries Council Meeting
6 p.m.
Haskin Shellfish Research Lab
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ
Contact: 856/785-0730

November 13, 2014

PADEP-Stormwater Management Control for Permitted Activities

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 
The Pa Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites county and city planners, engineers, developers, redevelopment authorities and community leaders to attend a training session about stormwater management control for permitted activities. The cost to attend is $150 per person. Lunch and training materials are included in the cost. The training will focus on explaining the state’s Chapter 102 environmental regulation, specifically the post-construction stormwater management requirements. The training will teach attendees how to identify the appropriate permits for construction and design activities, and how DEP reviews applications for those permits. Participants will also learn about Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory searches and how to consider stormwater management when looking at a site. No prior knowledge or experience working with the Chapter 102 regulation is needed to attend this training. The training will also include a question and answer session. To submit anonymous questions in advance of the training, participants should contact Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Director of Public Affairs and Education for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD), at the email address below. PACD is working in partnership with DEP’s South-central Regional’s Office’s Waterways and Wetlands Program to provide the training. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online in advance of the training at more information on the training, interested persons should contact DEP Waterways and Wetlands Permits Section Chief Nathan Crawford at 717-705-4798. Interested persons with questions regarding registration should contact Brandi at 717-238-7223

November 13, 2014

NJ Tech Council's Energy Storage Products/Services Showcase 
JCP&L/First Energy, Morristown, NJ
Call for Submissions - Deadline:  Oct. 28 at 9 PM  
Energy storage technologies are an important part of the solution to efficiently manage the area’s electricity demands. The goal of this program is to bring together key stakeholders, technology providers, commercial energy users and to provide them with useful information about the available technologies in a showcase and presentation format. Don’t miss out on this exciting event! For on-line submission form, CLICK HERE:   

November 13, 2014

Rapid Design and Analysis of Groundwater Remediation Systems *New Course*
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Human Resources Training Center
27 Road 1, Piscataway, NJ 08854
This new one-day, "hands-on" computer workshop will appeal to LSRPs planning groundwater remedies and to engineers and environmental professionals who need an easy "non-modeling" way to calculate groundwater flow and aquifer response for a variety of common engineered systems, including extraction wells, collector trenches, slurry or sheet pile walls, permeable reactive barriers, and funnel and gate remedies. Attendees will receive instruction, and participate in a series of hands-on exercises, in which they will evaluate aquifer draw down; optimize pumping well extraction rates; determine groundwater flow paths, velocities, and residence times; estimate system capture zone extent; create graphics with groundwater contours and path lines; and examine other aspects that should be considered when designing, evaluating and optimizing groundwater remediation systems. Attendees will be introduced to a set of "calculators" that, with simplified site conditions, can serve as a screening tool to produce preliminary remediation designs. More information here

HEC-RAS: An Intensive 3-Day Workshop
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University
There's no question that HEC-RAS is an incredibly powerful tool but it's also no secret that it can be overwhelming, challenging and, in the hands of an inexperienced user, the end result could be numerical instability and severely flawed analyses. Can you afford that outcome on your projects? To make sense of this program, we've recruited Joe Skupien, one of the most highly rated instructors in hydrology and hydraulics, to teach this 3-day hands-on training class. In this intensive three-day workshop, led by Joseph Skupien (an expert with more than 25 years of NJ stormwater management experience), you will get a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V4.1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program (HEC-RAS). More information here

December 10, 2014
PADEP  Public Meeting, Hearing on Falls Township Waste Facility

7 p.m.
Falls Township Municipal Building
188 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, Pa..
The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting and hearing regarding the proposed Elcon Recycling Services liquid hazardous waste treatment facility for a site in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, Bucks County. The 7 p.m. public information meeting will be immediately followed by a hearing. The DEP is conducting a Phase I siting review for an application submitted by Elcon to construct and operate a commercial hazardous waste treatment facility, to treat liquid waste from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. “The purpose of a Phase I siting review is to determine whether the proposed location complies with Pennsylvania’s exclusionary siting criteria for such operations,” DEP Southeast Regional Director Cosmo Servidio said. “This review happens prior to the company submitting a full operation and design permit application for any other environmental permits that would be needed.” During the meeting, DEP will explain the application review process, the Phase I siting criteria, which are in place to prohibit the location of hazardous waste treatment facilities under certain criteria, and opportunities for future public participation. Elcon representatives will also be at the meeting to outline their proposal and answer questions. A stenographer will record and transcribe the hearing testimony into a written document.  Those who prefer to present their comments in writing or are unable to attend the hearing, may submit written testimony by Dec. 26 to Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Team Leader, DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401.
Copies of the application are available for review by appointment at DEP’s Southeast Regional Office by calling 484-250-5910, and at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg by calling 717-787-6239.  To learn more about DEP’s Waste Program, visit, keyword: Waste Management. 

January 23-24, 2015
Alliance for NJ Environmental Education  
30th Annual ANJEE Conference
The Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
ANJEE 3.0: E-STEM ~ Indoors and Out
Making connections between STEM education and the natural world Join environmental educators of every description and discipline from across New Jersey and beyond to learn and share innovative ways to connect students of all ages with the natural world – and help them be better equipped to defend it. This year, conference presentations and workshops investigate ways that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) can be integrated with environmental education to help us better understand our planet and its systems, and explore how STEM subjects can be utilized in the quest for a truly sustainable future. The conference is an invaluable professional development opportunity for any and all educators. Presentations and workshops will feature EE in elementary, secondary, higher and adult education, green school practices and model programs, natural history interpretation, community-based environmental projects, issue-based outreach and more. Plus, the 2-day conference is a lot of FUN! Early Bird registration rates are available through December 24. Registration closes January 15. For more info or to register online, CLICK HERE.

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